Cover Story: I'm a Loser, Baby:
On the new movie landscape, it's nerds, dorks and has-beens as far as the eye can see.
Nüz: The Umbrella Man gives new meaning to "walking the walk" on Pacific Avenue.
Rev: New Automotive Dictionary: I got to suckle at the thesaurus, discovering new words that would make me sound smart.
Trent's Last Case: 'The Machinist' is more fun than a movie about starvation and sleeplessness has any right to be.
Blue Lady Down: Local favorites in Blue Lady Quintet embrace a hip, eclectic approach to bluegrass while reclaiming the spirit that once gave country music its cred.
The Rock Show: Linda Kimball and Pete Coates celebrate four years of music, art and culture at the Cayuga Vault.
Noir Holiday: There's a place called France where they don't celebrate Thanksgiving. But what they do celebrate at this time every year should make American wine lovers take notice.
Sweet 'Pea': Ted the Bear is yet another memorable animal act for SSC's holiday tradition in enchanting 'Princess.'
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